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I bought the full $135 collection

From colourPop factory straight to my dorm mailbox I received this lovely collab Colourpop x My little pony collection. I LIVE for the packaging…it’s honestly the cutest packaging I’ve ever seen on a makeup collection. Also it’s worth mentioning this bundle is not sold out yet, so you have the opportunity to buy this same collection.

Included in this bundle: PR tote bag, brush set, sticker sheet, makeup bag, My little Pony Palette ($16), Trickles highlighter ($8) , Starflower highlighter ($8), Flutter Valley Ultra glossy lip ($6) , Dream Castle Ultra glossy lip ($6), PonyLand Ultra glossy lip ($6), Moondancer Ultra matte lip ($6), Lemon Drop Ultra matte lip ($6), Pin wheel Ultra matte lip ($6), Posey super shock shadow ($5), Sunbeam super shock shadow ($5), and Cherries jubilee super shock shadow ($5).

 

As you can see the packaging is very retro 1990’s my little pony, and very cute. Colourpop always includes hand written thank cards that are adorable as well! But lets talk about quality. Whether you have tried colourpop or not it’s much like any other brand in the sense that some products are phenomenal and some are yawn worthy. One of my biggest disappointments with this collection are the highlighters. I had heard such good things about colourpop highlights but they were quite dull. Starflower (peachy gold highlight) is the only one I get some results out of but it may as well be a shimmer blush. So if you plan to buy the items separately I’d skip out on the highlighters.

 

I should note this was my first time trying any type of colourpop lip product. The Ultra matte lip products are exactly what they sound like- incredibly drying. The shades are beautiful though. Moondancer is a burgundy shade, Lemon drop is a lovely lavendar shade, and Pin wheel is dark pink. The glosses are all very sparkly, long lasting, and not too sticky. I personally love the glosses the most especially flutter valley (the gold shade). But Lemon drop also has a special place in my heart.

 

Now comes the lovely eyeshadow palette and super shock shadows. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from the super shock shadows…I figured they’d be powder not creme and that they’d be high pigmented. Instead I was pretty shocked. They are a light creme chromatic type shadow. Essentially the equivalent to a lip topper for your eye lids. I did get quite a few compliments when I wore the Posey super shock shade over a couple pink shades from the palette. My overall thoughts on the palette is that it is worth $16, however the majority of the shades are not nearly as pigmented as other colourpop palettes. In comparison to the “I think I’m in love palette”, the black in this palette is very chalky. If you enjoy pretty, bright colors though and are into the new sunset eyes trend then maybe this isn’t a bad purchase for you. But overall I don’t think this whole bundle was worth $135.

 

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The palette that stole my heart

As I was browsing through my feed on instagram I saw a post by ColourPop about their new “I think I love you” eye shadow palette ($16) they were releasing on September 7th. The palette looked absolutely perfect for Autumn, with lots of rich burgundy shades, browns, coppers, and gold! I knew from that moment I had to have it. I had never ordered anything from ColourPop before but I have frequently went on the website to fill up my cart in hopes of actually pressing the “checkout” button some day.

After my first class on Thursday, September 7th I came directly back to my dorm room to make sure that I put in order in for the palette that stole my heart. At exactly 1:00pm I ordered one “I think I love you” eye shadow palette and one Rose Quartz crystal priming spray. The Rose quartz priming spray was an item I had my eye on for quite awhile as well, I loved the idea that it was actually infused with rose quartz which is known as the love stone (I’m really into the idea of crystal healing). I felt instantly proud of my purchase and couldn’t wait for it to arrive!

The cute little package arrived to me on September 15th after much anticipation. I immediately ran the box back to my dorm and broke the tape on the outside with my dorm key because what college student actually owns their own pair of scissors? When I opened the box there was lots of padding, an info booklet on ColourPop cosmetics, an adorable hand written note, and the two items I purchased.

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After opening the package I instantly took the eye shadow palette out of its box…I couldn’t help it..the box was practically glowing. I knew I was going to love it. I started swatching the colors. The first thing I noticed is how the shadows are formulated…they are buttery, smooth and very pigmented. Both the matte and shimmer shades have excellent pay off. I have yet to try the shades with an actual eye shadow primer but I can say certainly that they apply well without a primer. The colors are also very blendable.

 

 

 

I started using the shimmer shades as highlights and they work better than any of the high end highlighters I’ve purchased recently!

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This is honestly one of the best purchases I have ever made. I highly recommend ColourPop, especially this palette. If you are a fan of ColourPop or purchased this palette as well please leave a comment below!

xo

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Kylie’s birthday collection mishap

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I finally took the plunge, ladies. I always said that I’d never join the hype over a palette from Kylie cosmetics, not because product quality but because I don’t like trying to buy things that almost instantly sell out. With that being said, out of curiosity I checked her online store a couple days after this product dropped and although the collection bundle and kylighters were sold out…the palette was still available ($54). Eye shadow pallets are what get me weak in the knees…I’m always somewhat skeptical about spending double digits on foundations, powders, etc etc but when I see a beautiful eye shadow I just can’t help myself. At exactly 3pm, in the bonton breakroom, I quickly made an order for the “I want it all” birthday eyeshadow palette (which includes a blush + highlighter). It was $54.00 and there was no tax or shipping costs. I received it in the mail within 5 business days but….there was a little mishap. The box arrived to me slightly dented, as though the mail man put something heavy on it or dropped it pretty hard. Honestly though, I didn’t really think it was gonna affect the actual product. I was wrong…I opened the eyeshadow palette and the highlighter was crumbling out and looked like it was ready to fall out of the pan. For a first time Kylie cosmetics customer I was pretty disappointed but knew that it was more than likely a result of someone manhandling the package while trying to get it shipped out.

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I immediately emailed Kylie cosmetics customer service. I wrote a polite email stating that “I received the beautiful “I want it all” palette today but the highlighter is broken. Is there any way I can exchange this? Thank you!”. I included the above picture as well. They responded back to me almost immediately and apologized for the inconvenience and asked for my order number along with the last four digits of the card I paid with so they could look up the order. Once I sent that information they emailed me back and apologized again for the inconvenience of what happened and told me they would send a one time replacement package within 7-10 business days, at no cost to me. Within 7 days I received a brand new palette in mint condition…they made sure to put extra padding inside the box.

I’m very impressed with the customer service I received from Kylie cosmetics and will most certainly order from them again. I also highly recommend this palette, it’s very blendable, pigmented, and the highlight is blinding.

So that’s my story of how I received two palettes for the price of one!

Enjoy xoxo

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elf is slowly becoming a favorite

Hello lovelies,

I’m the first to admit that I tend to have an expensive taste in makeup, especially high end cruelty free+vegan beauty products. Just recently I went to Walmart quick after work to pick up a set of drawers to start organizing my makeup with. While I was there I quickly browsed the makeup aisle and found a handful of elf cosmetic products that I couldn’t wait to try! I opened them all up that night and started testing….to my surprise I loved every single product I had bought!

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As you can see in the picture I also picked up the new Wet n Wild photofocus foundation to see if it lives up to the reviews. I’ll briefly describe some of my favorites that I bought here and I’ll include links as well, in case you’d like to try them out for yourself. I’ll start with the lip exfoliator’s I bought the original brown sugar lip exfoliator  (pictured on the far left) and mint maniac exfoliator they retail for $3.00 and work just as good as the lush lip scrubs. I’ve found that I am quite partial to the brown sugar one but they also make 5 other ones (coconut, mint, rose, grapefruit, & cherry). The second product I purchased was the most stand out to me and surprising…it was the intense ink liner It performs the same way my clinique liquid eyeliner performs. My coworkers did not believe that a $3.00 eyeliner could compete with a $20 eyeliner but trust me it can. I’ll include a picture below of my eye makeup I did last night featuring this eyeliner and a new eye product by elf. The last product I need to brag about is the aqua beauty molten liquid eyeshadow by elf it sells for $4.00 and it works beautiful as an eyeshadow topper. I typically use a couple dark neutral colors on my lids and in the crease, blend it all out, and then add this over top, let it dry, and then do eyeliner and mascara!

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I’m beyond impressed by how beautifully everything works. I spent less than $30 and got so many new products that I know i’ll use on the daily. I highly recommend going to your local walmart or target and getting a whole haul of elf products. Don’t forget elf cosmetics is one of the few cruelty free brands that is sold in drug stores!

Let me know in the comments what your favorite product is !

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Birthday weekend + First Sephora Haul !

Hello beauty lovers,

I just had the most magical birthday weekend! I turned 22 on April 30th and I spent the whole weekend with my lover and his family. We visited my favorite place as most of my followers know I absolutely love Burlington, Vermont ! We spent the day shopping at some of my favorite stores and then had dinner for the first time at ihop! I splurged quite a bit at Sephora, Kohls, and Healthy Living! Believe it or not it was my first visit to any Sephora, because when I worked in Syracuse at Ulta I never felt the need to check out Sephora. As soon as I walked into the place I immediately grabbed the new Urban Decay limited edition Jean-Michael Basquiat eyeshadow palettes, I got one of the Gold Griot palettes for myself and bought the Tenant palette for my hunnys mother whose birthday was on April 29th! I also picked up a new GlamGlow lip plumper gloss in the shade casting couch and received a free tarte blush and lip paint as a birthday gift and a deluxe bite lip crayon for a 100 reward points. Next stop was hot topic where I picked up my usual body jewelry must haves, belly rings, nose rings, etc etc. Next stop was Kohls where I found one of my favorite new makeup products by Butter London! It’s the Glazen eye gloss and it’s UHH-mazinggg. Seriously ladies, it helps to create such a beautiful stand out eye look! It goes on wet, looks metallic, and dries matte. The other products I got at Kohls was the Wake up Brow Pencil by Pur cosmetics and the Lorac pro fiber plus mascara! The only product I haven’t used much since that weekend is the brow pencil just because it doesn’t seem to have enough pigment for my taste, all the rest of the products were well worth the money! My last stop in Vermont for shops was Healthy living where I always find the coolest vegan/vegetarian/or just plain healthy treats! My favorite thing that I discovered at healthy living was a botanical soda called Still thyme botanical soda in the flavor Hibiscus Mint! After all the shopping and eating we headed back home to the outskirts of New York and spent some much needed quality time together. The following day I decorated some adorable cupcakes, blew out my birthday candles, and opened some really cute thoughtful gifts from my hunny. I always tell him that he can never go wrong with buying me makeup or cute things but I always urge him to buy me the more affordable products like Nyx cosmetics, elf, and basically anything cruelty free that’s within a good price range. I just don’t see the need to have someone else spend a fortune on me, I figure i’ll support my own makeup addiction. I’ll include a picture below of all the cute things he bought me and the drawing he drew me for my birthday as well! And the answer is yes I’m obsessed with the powerpuff girls so he bought me cute little figurines for my room, which are displayed on my shelf of cute things currently. I’d actually love to get my hands on the powerpuff girls makeup I found on Amazon to review….hopefully I’ll be able to make an order soon. But anyways overall it was a great weekend and I enjoyed being spoiled for a couple days!

As always thank you for reading my blog and letting me share my experiences.

xo

Melissa

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Am I the only vegetarian on campus?

I’m beginning to think I’m truly the only vegetarian that lives on campus. Our college has about 500 residents. We are a community college so we don’t really have the hipster vibes going on on campus or the artsy, alternative vibes. It’s just a fairly regular aesthetic on campus. Most residents are from New York city, so the majority of our meals are catered towards city lifestyle, New York deli style, and even some Jamaican or Cajun dishes. I find it very hard to have a good meal that’s primarily from the college dining hall. They occasionally serve veggie burger (which taste like Boca burgers) and they have a salad bar as well. Other than that I’m looking at basically cheese pizza for dinner, which gets old really fast. Luckily, I have a car and a price chopper just down the road so I’m able to stock up on the vegetarian staple foods like quorn mock meat, tofu, fresh fruit, etc etc. But with dorm room meals comes a lot of microwave food, ramen noodles, and snack foods. I’m very proud of my lifestyle, it’s rewarding and the food is delicious but I’d be lying if I said I don’t feel like an outcast sometimes. I wish I could afford to attend a school that fits my aesthetic like Cazenovia college or SUNY Plattsburgh, both have a lot of accommodations for vegetarian/vegan students and there is a large art community on campus. Am I an artist? No, not by any means really but I’m in love with an artist and find a lot of comfort around similar people. I’m also a lover of art, photography, and just creativity in general. That’s partly why I’m so drawn to makeup because that’s my expression of creativity. If I can afford a good enough camera, I’m considering creating a youtube channel dedicated to showing dorm room vegetarian recipes and my beauty reviews of course.

If I have any fellow vegetarian followers go ahead and leave a comment below telling me your favorite vegetarian meal !

xo

Is Too Faced still worth the hype?

I’m typically a sucker for cute packaging. Anything that looks unique, cutesy, very pink, & just aesthetically nice to look at I will gladly buy. But as my collection has gotten significantly bigger I’ve started becoming more skeptical about what’s actually worth spending big bucks on.

Too Faced has been a favorite brand of mine ever since I worked at Ulta. I would always glance over at the glorious wall of colorful products and tell myself I’d buy all the products one day If I could ever afford them all. I was especially mesmerized by the peanut butter and jelly palette and would have bought it if it hadn’t sold out. I currently own three Too Faced palettes, The peach palette, Merry Macarons palette, and the I want Kandee palette. I absolutely adore the peach palette but I’ve noticed that some of the limited edition palettes are starting to look like recycled colors and the eye shadows are pretty but not nearly as high quality as some of the other palettes I own. You would think that for $45 a 15 shade palette should be pretty well formulated but the color pay off on this palette just isn’t doing it for me. The shades Sweet Toffee, Sugared Strawberry, Frosted pink, sugar plum, and hot chocolate are the only colors that have pretty good pay off. So in my opinion, the packaging on this product is adorable and unique but the product itself is certainly not worth $45. The shades in the palette are more for people with fair complexions and most of the shades won’t look like much without the use of a shadow primer. Let me know your thoughts on this palette. Was it a hit for you or a miss?

 

New Friends and Adventures.

Hello beautiful friends!!

This is my first post in awhile due to lots of life changes. After a two year break from college I’m officially back on campus and working on my sophomore year! It’s pretty weird trying to get use to the adjustment of being a student again…especially when I was working as a beauty advisor for so long. I’m still very much into makeup and would love to try to find time to work part time at a cosmetic counter in this area possibly. But my number one goal right now is to get through these next couple of semesters of school. I’m working towards transferring into a nutrition program, if all goes well.

It was an odd feeling being back on campus. I’m four hours from home, all my old friends from college are either graduated/transferred/or back home, and I’m in a single room inside of a suite this year instead of a double room with a roommate. Inside my suite there is two single rooms, one double, a living room, a vanity area, and a bathroom. The girls in the double room are sisters from New York city and the girl in the other single room is Mack. Mack already feels like family to me. And the funny thing is we don’t bond over makeup..in fact, she’s a natural beauty and doesn’t really wear much make up. We just connect really well. Between spontaneous beach trips, night drives, and nature walks it feels like I’ve had more adventures with her than I have with any other close friends and that in itself is a wonderful feeling . I just feel blessed that I continue to meet such amazing people that truly add positive vibes to my life.

Aside from all my lifestyle changes and new friendships, I also have some new goals set for this year in terms of beauty blog ideas and possibly a youtube channel. My life just keeps moving in all sorts of directions but although changes are scary, they are also very exciting. I plan to continue to give you guys little updates on my college adventures and I will continue with product reviews as well.

P.S. If anyone would like to send me any kind of mail to my college (cards, letters, cute things, etc) please direct message me on instagram @copacetic.cutie …mail is like the holy grail for college students, honestly.

 

22 & stressed

For once I won’t be gushing about cosmetic products in this post. I’ve been overwhelmed with the adult world lately…and not in like a porn “adult world” way but in a “oh my god I work all the time and pay too many bills” way! Ever since I chose to withdraw from my third semester at FMCC I got thrown straight into the real world. I’ve worked a total of 4 different retail/sales jobs, making minimum wage at most. I had to learn how to file taxes, make college payments, and just recently learned how overwhelming owning a credit card can be. I suppose it doesn’t help that I’m an impulsive buyer and stress shopper..why can’t I just be a stress eater like the majority of other girls I know!? On top of the realization that I need to learn how to be a savvy shopper and also need to learn the money saving skills on the level of Mr. Krabs (because every penny matters), I’ve also come to realize I need to get back on that higher education path. So now I’m in the predicament of trying to figure out what college I should go to or rather if i should go back to my original college I was attending and what major should I study. And as I process all these possibilities I’m also thinking of how much more debt this will put me in. I also know that I was quite happy for a good majority of my college time…I never really stressed too much..I never partied..and I also met some incredible people who I miss dearly. I feel like I have endless paths in front of me and I have no idea which one is the right one to take and if any of them connect to another possible path. I’d be lying if I said I couldn’t picture myself being happy working as an esthetician  or a makeup artist but I’d also being lying if I said I didn’t picture myself working as a Dietitian or writing a book about living your young adulthood as a vegetarian and rookie animal rights activist. You might be wondering what caused this spur of the moment serious topic, it all occurred to me when I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a video with celebrities talking about the laws of attraction and how what we put out into the world is what we attract and what we visualize having in our lives or wanting is what we eventually receive. It made so much sense and really made me think deeply about what I want and also how I want to be received. I don’t really want to be the negative lost girl anymore, I want to be that beaming, positive personality..that person that is sure of themselves and is happy with their life. I’d really like to get to that point.

thank you for all the support. I will be updating you guys as much as possible.

P.S. a new beauty post will be posted very soon about a lovely little haul I got from a natural beauty brand on etsy!

Also please please comment below if you can relate or if you don’t mind this content along with my beauty posts

xo

Melissa

Makeup addict problems.

I must say ever since I got my first job working as a beauty advisor at Ulta in a big majestic mall in New york my bank account has been kind of lacking. Although I still buy drug store makeup on occasion my eyes have been opened to some of the more luxurious brands and I’ve just fallen in love with it all. At this point in time I have enough eyeshadow to last me years and years but as a true makeup guru and collector I always find new products that I want and typically end up buying. Even with the free gratis I get from working for my specific makeup brand I still feel the need to literally just try everything that looks appealing. It’s a real fucking struggle. I am in the process of trying to budget more and trying to slow down with buying everything but at the same rate cosmetics just make me so happy. I am applying back to college though so I won’t have as much extra to spend on the goodies but I assure you I will still be testing new products, buying when I can, and posting tutorials even after I leave my beauty advisor position!

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